By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
After contemplating its future and considering Don Ho and Magnum McGarret as lead singers, the band reunited with Jason Scheff, who sang such hits as "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" and "Look Away" during the band's late-'80s resurgence. He wrote some new songs here, but unfortunately "VOA ('raise the flag/let it wave/shoot them down/to their graves') 2" isn't one of them. That would've been interesting in these exciting times, but instead "Up for Breakfast" sounds a little too obviously predesigned for the forthcoming Crank Waffles halftime-show spot, however resigned yet unnerving coming from the onetime Dean Martin of the guitar. Imagine waking up sober and realizing that's how good you're going to sound for the rest of your career. (One day at a time!) And then collaborating with a professional tequila drinker.
This two-for-one of Abacab and Happy Mondays' Raunch 'n' Roll Live is misleadingly led off by "Eruption." Now that anyone alive can play its second half, it's best heard as a field recording and would've better fit a compilation including "Spanish Fly," "Tora Tora," "Cathedral," "Strung Out," "Marin Muezzin" from Sammy Hagar Having Fun on Stage, "Sunday Afternoon in the Park," "Saturday in the Park," "Free Form Guitar," "Watermelon in Easter Hay," and the Deer Hunter theme.
However dedicated to the people of the revolution a direct challenge to Derek Bailey might be, it bears remembering that many who prefer the Scheff shift to the Cetera era can at least prove they live their lives like they know there's a tomorrow and without love where would they be right now.